The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile


At age 13, Brian was diagnosed with a brain tumour. If left untreated, it would kill him. But would the treatment be enough? Only time could tell. Brian survived, but he was left with disabilities. What troubled him most was that facial paralysis had robbed him of his smile and he began a 25 year search to find it. Then, at age 40, Brian’s life was turned upside down when he lost his parents and business within a year. The world he had known vanished. He was lost. Who was he now? Anxiety and depression consumed him for ten years.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile is a compelling account of a boy-turned-man’s plight to overcome overwhelming adversity, endure the devastating pain of loss and achieve ultimate personal triumph. You will laugh and cry as Brian’s story unfolds, but most of all, you will be inspired.

In the ICU after my neurosurgery, Dad aptly chose The Old Man and the Sea to read to me. The story of a man who won a personal triumph in the face of defeat proved to be prophetic. It would be the story of my life.” Excerpt from The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile

Why I wrote my memoir

The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile, is a journal of how changes shaped my life. I began writing my memoir to simply pen the events of my life that I had told many times for years without much cause for emotion. I quickly found that expressing it on paper was a very different experience. As I wrote, feelings stirred inside me that tugged at my heart, made me search my soul and reflect on my life as never before. I realized that I had a story to tell. As much as I wrote this book to recount my past, I wanted to share how I overcame adversity and convey my dreams for the future. If my story inspires even one person to meet the challenges they face, my mission in writing this book will have succeeded.

People who have read The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile: A Memoir manuscript said:

I couldn’t put it down.

It’s a page-turner.

“… a profile of courage and endurance.”

“This is a story that must be told.”

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